Support For the Family of Friends of Someone with BPD
One major symptom of borderline personality disorder is unstable interpersonal relationships. When a loved one suffers from borderline personality disorder (BPD), the whole family suffers. When a parent, child, sibling, or spouse suffers from BPD, the effects on the family as a whole can be profound.
Often, persons with BPD will alternate between extreme affection and rejection, dependency and anger. They may do or say hurtful things, or engage in dangerous and risky behaviors, such as abusing drugs or alcohol.It can be very painful to stand by and watch a loved one with BPD engage in such frightening, self-destructive behaviors.
Another group of common symptoms can be very distressing to others: threatening to commit suicide, attempting suicide, or engaging in self-injury (such as cutting). All of these things can make it very difficult to love someone with borderline personality disorder.
Sometimes, persons with borderline personality disorder are not interested in, or ready for, treatment. In such cases, family members and close friends may be forced to seek help for themselves. If the person with borderline personality disorder is in treatment, their family members may decide to supplement that process by seeking out counseling for themselves.
Here at Front Range Treatment Center, we offer education and support for persons who love someone with borderline personality disorder. Our borderline personality disorder psychologists are experienced in offer this kind of supportive therapy. Contact us today to learn how we can help.
Borderline Personality Disorder Family Guidelines, from the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder
Family Educational Videos, from the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder
Online Family DBT and Communications Skills Coaching, from Amanda Smith, LCSW